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Shipping Update

The state of Minnesota has extended the mandatory shelter in place to May 4th.

The good news is that the Minnesota has made it possible for businesses like Dakota Stones to perform basic business operations during this extended quarantine. While our showroom remains closed, we are shipping customer orders in a safe and timely fashion!

Rest assured; every precaution is still being taken. Our safety and sanitary guidelines have been updated throughout this process to make sure that the wellbeing of the public is in our best interests. We have gone over and beyond the Minnesota and federal guidelines related to Covid-19. 

This consideration extends to our employees as well, who we are dedicated to continuing to provide all employee benefits and we hope to be back to fully staffed to start next week.  

We are still working through the kinks of most of our staff working remotely, but as always, we are available to help.

If you have any questions or need support please do not hesitate to reach out to our customers service representatives.

RICKY: [email protected]   -or-    KAYLA: [email protected]

Dakota Stones & CDC Recommendations for Sanitizing Your Stones

 We understand any concerns you my have regarding the handling of our stones during the pandemic and moving forward. We wanted to reassure you that our merchandise is being treated and packed with care, as always. 
We also wanted to pass along the guidelines from the CDC for their recommendations on how to halt the spread of germs, in order to keep you and any loved ones safe. 

  • First, wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. If you are using reusable gloves, make sure you wash your gloves between cleanings, and set aside that pair to only be used for cleaning. 
  • Wash the surface you intend to clean on. If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • For disinfection, diluted household bleach solutions, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol, and most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective. 
    • Diluted household bleach solutions can be used if appropriate for the surface. 
  • Prepare a bleach solution by mixing: 
    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water or, 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
  • Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against corona viruses when properly diluted.
  • Use products with the EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims  that are suitable for porous surfaces.
How to clean crystals and gemstones:
Some crystals require a different level of care, and some may even react to powerful chemicals. We recommend cleaning your stones with warm (not hot!) water and dish soap. If you are unsure, researching the stone type will help. 
Most quartz varieties and other hard stones will be fine under warm water, and cleaned with gentle dish soap. Stones like jasper, chalcedony, agate and citrine will be fine. This will remove any oils that transferred to the stone from your skin, and any germs along with it. Your stones will also shine like never before! 

Some stones are water soluble, like howlite and selenite. Submerging them in water will severely damage these stones. To clean them, you can get dust particles off with brushes, and if they're large enough, with a vacuum -- secure your stones by adding a mesh bag first to the end of the tube extension on your vacuum so they don't get sucked into the vacuum chamber. Wringing out a barely damp sponge and gently brushing them down will remove dust particles from selenite as well, and will not harm your stone. 
Please take the time to reach out and stay in touch-
 
Your Friends & Family at Dakota Stones

* Dakota Stones is taking precautions on our end and wanted to pass along the CDC guidelines we are using.  Please be safe and do your own research on handling and care of packages and shipments. We do not assume responsibility for the guidelines, but rather wanted to share them with you.